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China Travel Map by ShanghaiNet
China Travel Map by ShanghaiNet

China may be one of the most beautiful countries on the planet. Starting from Shanghai, enjoy the scenery of China all the way. Small bridges and flowing water, grasslands, lakes, the Gobi, deserts, snowy mountains, the roof of the world.

34 provinces in China, the best places to visit, you went to the right?

East China

There are 8 provinces in East China. They are Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Fujian, Taiwan, Anhui, Jiangxi, and Shandong.

1. Enjoy Shanghai, discover more, and experience more

Shanghai is one of the largest, most populous, and most economically developed cities in China. For more than 100 years, Shanghai has been the center of Chinese business. It's a vibrant and charming city that deserves an in-depth tour and exploration. Shanghai is also famous for its night view and food, with night lights and cityscapes that make you linger.

Best places to visit: The Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Yu Garden, City God Temple, Jing'an Temple, Dianshan Lake, Sheshan, and Disney Resort.

Traditional Shanghai Foods: Benbang Cuisine, Nanxiang Xiaolongbao, Pan-fried Pork Buns, Grandma's Smoked Fish, Shanghai-Style Braised Pork Belly.

The Rockery in Yu Garden Shanghai
The Rockery in Yu Garden Shanghai

2. Enjoy Jiangsu and feel beautiful, you will be more beautiful

Located in the Yangtze River Delta region, Jiangsu is one of the birthplaces of ancient Chinese civilization. Famous scenic spots in Jiangsu include Nanjing City, Suzhou Gardens, Taihu Lake, Mount Huaguo in Lianyungang, Yangzhou Slender West Lake, Tianmu Lake in Changzhou, etc.

  • Nanjing: Nanjing is the ancient capital of the Six Dynasties, and must-visit attractions are the Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum, the Presidential Palace, the Nanjing City Wall, Xuanwu Lake, and the Confucius Temple. Nanjing's best foods are Nanjing Salted duck, Duck Blood and Vermicelli Soup, Crab Soup Dumplings, and Nanjing Pot Cover Noodles.
  • Suzhou: Suzhou is an ancient city with a long history and rich cultural heritage. Suzhou's gardens are known as the best in the world. The best places to visit are Humble Administrator's Garden, Lingering Garden, Tiger Hill, and Suzhou Museum. Suzhou is also famous for its distinctive Subang cuisine, tea culture, and traditional opera, which attract many tourists. Famous foods to try are squirrel cinnamon fish, Suzhou-style noodles, and Yang Chun Noodles.

3. Zhejiang is as beautiful as poetry and painting

Zhejiang has beautiful mountains and rivers, with 14 national scenic spots, 1 national tourist resort, and 16 national forest parks. Zhejiang has five national-level historical and cultural cities: Hangzhou, Shaoxing, Ningbo, Quzhou, and Linhai. Best places to visit in Zhejiang: West Lake, Qiandao Lake, Qiantang River, Putuo Mountain, Ningbo Yandang Mountain, Tiantai Mountain, Mogan Mountain, etc.

  • Hangzhou: Known as "Heaven on Earth", Hangzhou is a city full of culture, food, and natural beauty. Hangzhou's best places to visit: West Lake, Lingyin Temple, Southern Song Imperial Street, and Qinghefang Ancient Street. Hangzhou must-try foods guide: Dongpo pork, West Lake vinegar fish, Beggar's Chicken, and Fried Shrimps With Longjing Tea.

4. Fresh Fujian, Travel around Fujian

The geographical feature of Fujian is "near the mountains and the sea", with a forest coverage rate of 65.95%. Fujian is the greenest province in China and has the second longest coastline in the country. Famous places to visit: Wuyi Mountain, Gulangyu Island, Meizhou Island of Putian, Yongding Tulou, Taimu Mountain, and Quanzhou Kaiyuan Temple. Special food: Fujian Min cuisine, Buddha Jumps Over the Wall, Shaxian snacks.

  • Xiamen: Xiamen is a beautiful coastal city, known as the "garden on the sea." The average annual temperature in Xiamen is about 21 °C, with no severe cold in winter and no scorching heat in summer. Must-visit attractions, Gulangyu Island, Xiamen University, and South Putuo Temple. Essential Dishes to Eat in Xiamen, Satay Noodles, Sea Oyster Fried Recipe, and Peanut Soup.

5. Charming Taiwan trip, The Heart of Asia

Taiwan Province has been known as the "treasure island" since ancient times. From the city to the countryside, the mountains to the sea, the canyons to the lakes, each place exudes a different atmosphere. Top Places to Visit in Taiwan: Alishan Mountain, Sun Moon Lake, Penghu Islands, etc.

  • Taipei: Taipei is the capital of Taiwan Province and the first stop for most people coming to Taiwan. Best Place to Visit: Taipei National Palace Museum, Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall, Taipei 101 Building, Shilin Night Market, Shilin Official Residence, etc. Special foods in Taipei: Taiwanese Braised Minced Pork, Asian Stir-Fried Clams, Pineapple Cake, Bubble Tea, etc.

6. Beautiful Anhui, welcome the world

Anhui is one of the provinces with the richest tourism resources in China, with famous mountains and rivers all over the territory. Anhui's famous landscapes include Mount Huangshan, Mount Jiuhuashan, Qiyun Mountain, Tianzhu Mountain, Bagong Mountain, and Chaohu Lake. Best special cuisine: Anhui Hui cuisine, Anhui Turtle with Ham, Fuliji Roasted Chicken.

  • Huangshan: Huangshan is the tourism symbol of Anhui Province and is known as the world's first strange mountain. When you come to Huangshan, you naturally have to climb the main peak. Huangshan has three main peaks: Lotus Peak, Guangming Peak, and Tiandu Peak. Lotus Peak is the highest peak of Huangshan; Guangming Peak is the second peak of Huangshan; and Tiandu Peak is the most dangerous and precipitous peak of Huangshan.

7. Jiangxi has unique scenery

Jiangxi has many scenic spots and a rich cultural heritage. Jiangxi has 5 World Heritage Sites, 6 National Heritage Sites, 3 Global Geoparks, and 85 Ancient Academies. Top Places to Visit in Jiangxi: Lushan Mountain National Park, Jinggang Mountain, Mount Sanqingshan National Park, Longhu Mountain, Tengwang Pavilion, Poyang Lake, and White Deer Cave Academy.

  • Nanchang: Nanchang is the capital city of Jiangxi Province and a gastronomic capital with many specialty restaurants and cuisines. Local specialties include Nanchang Mixed Flour, Clay Pot Soup, Three Cup Chicken, and Zhuge Grilled Fish.
  • Jingdezhen: Jingdezhen is the world-renowned "Porcelain Capital" and one of the first 24 historical and cultural cities in China. There are many ceramic markets to visit here, as well as many Imperial Kiln Sites.

8. Welcome to Shandong, a cultural mecca and holiday paradise

Shandong is the birthplace of Confucian culture, and Confucius, the founder of Confucianism, is known as a Saint. Mount Tai, located in the central part of Shandong Province, is one of the famous Five Mountains in China and is known as the "First of the Five Sacred Mountains".

  • Qingdao: Half city on fire, half city on sea. Qingdao, as its name suggests, has mountains and seas. The beaches in Qingdao include No. 1 Bathing Beach, Golden Beach, and Badaguan Scenic Area. A Foodie Guide to Qingdao: Pork Greaves (characteristic food), Chili Sautéed Clams, Raw Pickled Seafood, Tsingtao Beer.

The best places to visit in Shandong include Mount Tai, Qufu, Laoshan, Penglai Pavilion, Chengshantou Coast, Weihai Liugong Island, etc. Famous Shandong Dishes: Shandong (Lu) Cuisine, Nine-turn Large Intestine Recipe, Dezhou Braised Chicken.